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Saturday 25th November 2023, 11:00am

Yate's Christmas Launch

Yate Shopping Centre


The countdown is on to the launch of Yate Shopping Centre’s Spectacular Christmas festivities on Saturday, 25th November.

The main launch will be totally free commencing at 11am and culminating around 4.30pm when Santa will appear on stage to switch on the Christmas lights.

Andrew Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre Manager, said: “There’s always a buzz about this very special event and this year will be no exception. The spectrum of talent and entertainment is probably our best and most varied yet.
“It’s really non-stop fun and entertainment throughout the day with Santa making an appearance from 4.30pm to flick the switch for the lights before settling down in his Grotto which opens the following day.”

The main entertainment will be on the stage in the Centre Square starting at 11am but there is also a variety of other attractions in the surrounding Walks:

• 11am                   Street Cred
• 11.30am               D-Day Dollies
• Noon                   Razzamataz
• 12.30                    Sodbury Players
• 1.30pm                 D-Day Dollies
• 2pm                     Street Cred
• 2.45pm                 Rock Choir
• 3.30pm                 Michael Buble Tribute
• 4pm                      The Sundaes
• 4.20pm                 Compere James Murden with characters, games and prizes
• 4.45pm                 Father Christmas to turn on the lights

Meanwhile in North Walk, there will be continuous Character Meet & Greets between 11am – 4pm:
• Bluey & Bingo    11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
• Stitch & Angel   11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm
• Elf on The Shelf & Paddington    12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm
And in South Walk, Postman Pat will be helping with Letters to Santa between 11am and 4pm.

East Walk will feature a selection of Brass Bands between 10am and 4pm supported by a further variety of entertainment:
• Elton Wrong – Roving Musician appearances 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm
• Face Painters 11am to 3pm
• Children’s Fair Ground rides 11am to 5pm
Finally, a Balloon Modeller will be moving through the Centre between 11am and 4pm.

The following day, Sunday 26th November, Santa’s grotto will open in the Central Square between 10am and 4pm, and will continue to do so every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas week when it will be open more often, closing at 1pm on Christmas Eve.

A bumper selection of music acts and School choirs will also be performing in the weeks running up to Christmas. Look out for details on our social media platforms.

Andrew Lowrey: “This is a fantastic selection of family fun to entertain people of all ages and will bring a real buzz to the Centre!”


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